2014 Grand Cru Saint Emilion Château Fleur Cardinale

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Saint Emilion
Classification Grand Cru
ABV 13%

The Château Fleur Cardinale 2014 is rich and decadent on the lavish nose (as it always is). One sample tasted at the Cercle de Rive Droite was more refined and focused than another sample tasted a day later in Saint Emilion. The palate is full-bodied and mirroring the aromatics, rich and extravagant on the palate. The acidity is well judged and there plenty of weight and presence towards the finish that I would suggest has more tension and precision the recent vintages. It’s an unashamedly modern style of Saint Emilion, but it feels as if it is reading from its own script instead of that of the terroir or the growing season. I prefer the La Croix Cardinale that demonstrates more articulation of its origin. Drink: 2017-2029 Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, (May 2015)

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The 2014 Fleur Cardinale was superb all three times I tasted it. Readers should expect a bold, modern-styled St.-Emilion built on opulence and richness. Black cherries, smoke, tobacco and new leather are all nicely delineated throughout. The late, October harvest and 100% new oak also contribute to the wine's super-ripe, voluptuous personality. The blend is 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon that saw a 5 day cold soak followed by 30-35 days on the skins. Rating: 91-94 Antonio Galloni, (May 2015)

Over the top. Deep and dense on the nose with mocha, dark fruit and liquorice notes. Palate thick and dense. Powerful but rather heavy extraction. Drying finish. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 85 James Lawther MW, (Apr 2015)

Dark purplish crimson with black core. Very ripe and perfumed dark fruit – there's cherry and vanilla and even a slight floral note. Flattering first impression. Then has lovely deep but supple tannins on the palate, very primary and full of energy yet finishes with dry elegance. (JH). Drinking range: 2018 - 2026 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - (Apr 2015)

Château Fleur Cardinale

A Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux located on one of the highest points of the Saint-Émilion appellation, owned by Florence and Dominique Decoster - who used to be in the porcelain trade. The vineyards of Château Fleur Cardinale spread over 18 hectares, with an average vine age of 35 years, and are planted at a density of 6000 vines/hectare. Florence and Dominique bought the property in 2001, and the property quickly gained the ranking of Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé in 2006.

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